Wednesday 08 Aug 2018
New inspector for West Conwy
Julie Sheard has taken the helm as District Inspector for West Conwy, an area close to her heart having being born and bred in the locality.
She has now been responsible for the area which covers Llandudno, Colwyn Bay, Conwy and surrounding villages for two months and is looking forward to the differing challenges of her home environment.
She is looking to build upon the considerable work already being undertaken with partner agencies in terms of problem solving, whilst maintaining a significant focus on organised crime and safeguarding.
Julie, who originates from Dwigyfylchi, started her policing career with Greater Manchester Police in 1994 and transferred as a sergeant to North Wales Police in 2005.
She is no stranger to the West Conwy area having served the area previously as the District Support Sergeant. Julie’s other roles in North Wales Police have included Custody Sergeant, Support Inspector to the Senior Management Team and Inspector to the Community Safety Department for the Force.
“Having been born and bred in Conwy County, this role does hold a degree of sentimentality for me. It’s a privilege to return to the area as district inspector and work with the fantastic team here, many of whom I have worked with previously over the course of my career. I know the area well and to have a meaningful role in influencing both patrol and neighbourhood policing in the District is an honour."
Julie, who is married and has one daughter, will be focussing on vulnerability and safeguarding, but stressed that one of the biggest challenges she and her team face is the disruption of organised crime.
“A dedicated team has been tasked to deal with this issue. The team of four officers work closely with their police colleagues and partner agencies to focus primarily on the prevention and disruption of organised crime groups, County Lines and ‘cuckooing’. The results to date have been commendable."
“With ever increasing demand on police, it’s a case of placing resources appropriately in the locality to focus on what poses the greatest threat, harm or risk to the local community at any one time."
“Ultimately, we are here to consistently provide a high quality of service to the public so that our communities continue to have the confidence in their police. To achieve this, we need local people to work with us to keep our communities safe and help us to identify and target those individuals who cause the most harm. Early contact with police over such matters is really important in order to fully inform us and allow us to prioritise our activities accordingly."